Steelers trade for Cardinals OT Levi Brown

Christian Petersen

The Steelers made a rare in-season trade, acquiring veteran offensive tackle Levi Brown from the Cardinals for a conditional late-round pick.

Pro Football Talk reported Wednesday the Steelers and Cardinals have agreed to a trade sending offensive tackle Levi Brown to the Steelers. No details were given in the PFT report on what Pittsburgh would send to Arizona, but previous reports suggested it was for Day 3 draft picks in 2014.

Update: ESPN's Scott Brown and Adam Schefter reported it's for a conditional late-round pick.

The trade is dependent upon Brown passing a physical.

The Steelers have struggled quite a bit in pass protection this year, with the left tackle spot being the focal point of those failures. In Brown, they get an experienced veteran, but one coming off a major injury that cost him the 2012 season.

He isn't off to a great start in 2013, either, as evidenced by the fact the Cardinals were willing to deal what should be a marquee position on a team. Neither team has an outstanding offensive line, and it appears the Steelers feel he'll have more value than what they currently have.

Whether this means Kelvin Beachum will not make his first start at left tackle remains to be seen, but the Steelers have the next four days off before returning to prepare to face the Jets in Week 6.

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